“The Fall 2022 Off-Highway Vehicle Safety Week was, by any standard, a huge success,” stated Don Schmidt, interpreter for California State Parks. “This biannual event, which takes place every third week of May and October, attracted hundreds of participants to various events held across California.”
Safety Week promoted the cooperative events along with a number of co-sponsors who partnered with State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. Free side-by-side training and proper helmet use demonstrations were incorporated into the popular Visitor Appreciation Day at the Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area near Sacramento, California. And there were public safety events near many popular Southern California off-road trailheads.
“Visitor safety is the division’s number one priority,” said OHMVR Deputy Director Sarah Miggins. “While enjoying the thousands of acres of beautiful trails, roads, dunes, and other approved riding areas on all-terrain vehicles, four-wheelers, dirt bikes, motorcycles, trail bikes, and snowmobiles, please consider and follow our safety tips while having fun outdoors.”
This month’s theme was “Train for the Trails” and a number of new safety videos can be downloaded then posted and shared across social media and websites – and/or serve as inspiration for content teams among powersports companies and various organizations.
The OHMVR Division worked with the ATV Safety Institute, California Highway Patrol, California Outdoor Recreation Foundation, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and Tread Lightly! to provide safety education during the special week. The Bureau of Land Management also committed to safety demonstrations at several locations across California.